Kathy Bowles has lived in Lafayette for 39 years, and during that time has held a
number of leadership and board positions in Bay Area businesses, educational
organizations and foundations. She served as past President and Chair of LPIE
(formerly LASF) and participated in multiple Lafayette Chamber and City task
forces. In 2005, she was named Lafayette Citizen of the year.
Kathy was an early participant in the successful fundraising campaign to build the
Lafayette Library and Learning Center and was a founding board member of the
Lafayette Library and Learning Center Foundation. She served on the Lafayette
Community Foundation as their Grants Chair for 6 years.
In addition to her work in Lafayette, Kathy served as the Director of Development
for Youth Homes, Inc, a non-profit agency serving the needs of foster children
and at-risk youth in Contra Costa County. After retiring, Kathy served on the
Board of Directors, and held a variety of positions, including a three-year term as
For the last 5 years, she has devoted herself to all things Park Theater!
Kathy, along with husband Rick, has raised four children in Lafayette. In addition
to volunteering her time, she is an avid reader, hiker, golfer and traveler.
Jana spent nearly 30 years in the energy industry, including executive positions in strategic planning, energy efficiency, field operations, and regulatory relations. She has experience with large capital projects, including leading a $2.2B capital project to replace all 10 million analog meters in PG&E service territory with electronic devices. Her most recent experience included leadership positions in solar and electric vehicle program design. Prior to her energy industry experience, she worked for Bain Consulting and in the aerospace industry.
Jana served as Chairman of the Board of the California Electric Transportation Coalition and also has philanthropic Board experience with the National Charity League. She has a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from UCLA and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She raised her two daughters in Marin County and now resides in Lafayette.
Tracey Karsten Farrell
Tracey is a marketing communications consultant and freelance commercial writer with over 30 years of experience in branding, retail sales promotion, public relations, and consumer product marketing. Her clients have included Beverages & more (now BevMo), Chabot Space & Science Center, Chevron, Cost Plus World Market, Nokia, and Xinhua Finance Media. Prior to her consulting practice, she was a Corporate Marketing Manager at Levi Strauss & Co. and Editor of San Francisco Magazine.
Tracey has lived in Lafayette since 1985 and served on various City committees and task forces as well as in leadership and Board positions in volunteer organizations such as Girl Scouts of America, Lafayette Juniors, and National Charity League. She was also on the inaugural LLLC marketing communications team.
Tracey and her husband, Glenn, have raised three daughters in Lafayette. She has a BA in History from Mount Holyoke College (South Hadley, MA), is an avid reader, skier and sailor who dabbles in golf.
Angie is a senior executive with extensive experience in financial and operations management across diverse industries including engineering and construction, retail, charitable foundations, and financial services for high net worth individuals.
Angie started her career with Deloitte & Touche in New Zealand, in accounting and taxation services. After moving to California in 1980 with husband Adam, she served as controller for Kaiser Engineers, a billion-dollar international company with deep roots in Oakland. From Kaiser Engineers, Angie took a position in financial oversight at Brown and Caldwell, a highly regarded consulting environmental engineering firm based in Walnut Creek. Since leaving Brown and Caldwell, she has focused on small businesses including startups like Blue Bottle Coffee, Earthcare and Ecochar, among others.
Angie is an Accounting and Finance graduate of Auckland Technical Institute (BS equivalent) and a former member of the New Zealand Society of Chartered Accountants. Lafayette residents for 27 years, she and Adam have raised two sons in the community where Angie has also been an active volunteer with leadership roles in the Happy Valley Elementary Parents Club, Miramonte Swim Club, Friends of Cal Aquatics, Lamorinda Soccer, Acalanes Booster Club, Contra Costa Country Club WGA, Lamorinda Water Polo and LASF (now LPIE).
Larry was born and raised in Lafayette, and along with wife, Diane, have raised their son and daughter in Lafayette, all with fond memories of the Park Theater. His parents built the first house on Glen Road in Lower Happy Valley in 1948 and Larry grew up watching Lafayette grow from a two-lane Mt Diablo Blvd. to the building of Highway 24, and then the advent of BART. Diane’s grandfather was the original developer of La Fiesta Square.
Larry has 45 years of acquisition, ownership, management, development and redevelopment experience working with hundreds of investment properties including commercial, retail, office, multifamily, industrial, residential, motel/hotel, subdivision, and land, and was CEO and President of a national real estate Investment group of companies. In addition, he was responsible for redeveloping about 20 properties in West Berkeley primarily in the Gilman, San Pablo and Solano Avenue corridors, and he has owned 3 historic buildings in Santa Barbara, San Rafael, and currently in Crockett where he is a founding member of the Carquinez Restore the Waterfront Committee working to restore the waterfront and marina area of Crockett.
Larry was on the Board of Directors for Lafayette’s Main Street Project in the early 1980s and has participated in Downtown Planning in Santa Barbara and San Rafael. He has been a member of the Urban Land Institute, the International Council of Shopping Centers, and is a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
John and his wife, Colleen, own Lamorinda Music in downtown Lafayette. They have lived in Lafayette for over 30 years, where they raised their two children. Prior to becoming a small business owner, John spent almost 30 years in various executive and operational roles in the Bay Area software industry. During that time, he volunteered with LASF/LPIE for over 20 years, where he managed their technical infrastructure and was instrumental in their transition to collecting donations online.
John left the technology industry in 2018 and devoted his time to making Lafayette a better place to live. He joined the Lafayette Chamber Board of Directors, serving as its president for two consecutive years during the global pandemic. During that time, he worked closely with local businesses to help them survive unprecedented changes. He continues to serve on the Chamber’s Executive Committee and was named Lafayette’s Businessperson of the Year for 2021.
Outside of Lafayette, John is an active volunteer with the American Red Cross and the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano. He graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Engineering (where he also played in the celebrated Cal Band) and recently received his master’s degree in History from Harvard University. In 2023, he published his first book, Chinese in Napa Valley, documenting the forgotten history of Chinese laborers in the Napa Valley between 1870 and 1900.
Awais has lived in Lafayette for 22 years, and is currently Senior Vice President of Acquisitions for Meridian Property Company’s general office division and Northern California medical office building division.
In over 30 years of real estate investing, Awais has gained extensive experience in acquisitions underwriting and closing, joint venture deal structuring, leasing, asset management, entitlements and debt procurement. He oversees the acquisitions functions of the team based in San Ramon, CA. Previously, Awais served as a Partner at Harvest Properties, Inc., where he was responsible for sourcing new acquisitions and guiding the performance of assets. Prior to Harvest Properties, Awais held several positions at CarrAmerica Realty Corporation, and before that served as an Acquisitions Analyst at LaSalle Partners.
Awais holds a BA in Political Economy from Williams College (Williamstown, MA) and is a member of the SFBA NAIOP Chapter Advisory Council. He has served on the national board for NAIOP for over 4 years.